1924 All-Star Game: Senior Circuit Makes Short Work of Juniors In 6-1 Victory
SENIOR CIRCUIT MAKES SHORT WORK
OF JUNIORS IN 6-1VICTORY
CHICAGO, July 8.—In a contest celebrated for the All-Star debut of young Cubs catcher Charley Hartnett, it was a trio of Brooklyn Robins that propelled the National League to a relatively effortless victory over the American League at Cubs Park today. The stands were filled to capacity, the locals in full throat for Hartnett and keystone man George Grantham, and the thirty two thousand patrons were treated to a 6 to 1 win that evened the midsummer All-Star series at four apiece.
The big blows came in the fifth inning courtesy of Giants outfielder Ross Youngs, who poled a home run into the left field seats, and Robins outfielder Zack Wheat, who followed with a two-run clout of his own to give the senior circuit a 4 to 0 lead. The blasts came with White Sox hurler Hollis Thurston on the mound, giving north side spectators reason to bellow extra long and loud with each circuit trick. Thurston was promptly and mercifully removed from the tilt and was playfully jeered as he escaped to the safety of his dugout.
The game began with Brooklyn ace, Dazzy Vance, making junior circuit batters look like bushers. He issued a free pass to Ty Cobb to lead things off, but coaxed a grounder out of “Jumping Joe” Dugan that was expertly turned into a double play, and the juniors suddenly had no one on the sacks with Mr. George Herman “Babe” Ruth stepping to the dish. The crowd rose as one to watch the duel between the fireballing right-hander and the left-handed “Behemoth of Bust”, and though many would have liked to see The Bambino do what he does best, it was Vance who won the battle with a blazing fastball that the Yankee slugger missed for strike three.
Walter Johnson allowed the seniors a safety in the first—a single by Rogers Hornsby—but “The Big Train” retired Youngs, Wheat, and Jack Fournier, and Hornsby never did stray far from the initial sack. Vance set down Ken Williams, Eddie Collins and George Sisler on only a pocketful of pitches in the top of the second, and Johnson worked his way out of a jam when he allowed safeties to Cy Williams and Babe Pinelli before two grounders got him his three outs, the twin killing coming at the expense of Hartnett.
Vance finally proved human and surrendered a safety to Senators backstop Muddy Ruel to start off the third, but Joe Sewell skied a can of corn to right and Walter Johnson’s ground ball to Hornsby was turned into two outs when the Cardinal flipped to shortstop Glenn Wright, who tossed across to Fournier to end the frame. AL skipper Miller Huggins can hardly be blamed for batting Johnson in that situation, as the slabman is batting .316 to this point in the campaign and has been known to wield a mean club.
The move failed to produce any coins on the scoreboard, but it proved fruitful when “Barney” whiffed fresh-faced shortstop Travis Jackson and convinced Hornsby to pole the pill to Dugan with Youngs on first. Dugan fired a strike to Collins, who relayed to Sisler, and Johnson’s day was done without a smudge on his ledger. By this time the fans were getting anxious to see some fireworks and, though appreciative of the master slants of the starting pitchers, began cheering for some offense.
NL pilot John McGraw turned to Vance’s Brooklyn mound mate, Burleigh Grimes, and the moist ball artist continued to baffle junior swatsmiths with an array of tosses from his impressive arsenal. Cobb and Dugan went down without a fight and Ruth fanned for the second time in the game, this time on a called strike that had him fooled all the way. Then in the bottom of the fourth the ticket holders finally witnessed what they came to see. Thurston took over for Johnson and retired Wheat and Fournier without batting an eye, but Cy Williams lined a hit to left, Pinelli shot a safety in the same direction and Wright followed with a bouncer that eluded Dugan and Sewell, and plated Williams with the game’s first tally.
Grimes found trouble in the top of the fifth when Ken Williams drew a base on balls and Collins raced safely to first on a grounder to deep short, putting the American League in business. But Sisler, Ruel and Sewell were no match for the right-hander and the whitewash bucket remained full. The temporary Napoleons finally gave the locals a thrill when Youngs smashed a drive over the left field fence to lead off the bottom of the inning and double the senior circuit’s lead to 2 to 0. Hornsby followed with another hit, then Wheat added an exclamation point with a long drive over the wall in right-center field to put the Nationals up by another two.
The rest of the affair was a mere formality, although Ruth brought the crowd to its feet with deep drives to left in his last two trips to the plate that were ultimately caught before they left the yard. Braves veteran slabman Jesse Barnes tossed two frames against the Juniors and allowed their only run in the seventh when Eddie Collins cleared the center field wall with one of the rare round trippers that didn’t require him to race around the circuit ahead of the ball.
Herb Pennock and Eddie Rommel thwarted the NL’s attack for almost three innings, holding them hitless until the eighth inning when Red Sox righty Howard Ehmke entered the skirmish. Ehmke was greeted rather rudely by Wheat, Pinelli, Wright and reserve catcher Frank Snyder, all of whom rapped out hits that were cashed in for two tallies before Waite Hoyt stemmed the tide. The junior circuit gave their supporters a glimmer of hope in the top of the ninth when Goose Goslin walked and reserve batter Joe Hauser singled, but Ruel grounded into a twin killing against longtime Pirate Wilbur Cooper and the National League celebrated its second straight All-Star win.
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As baseball fans, we cling to those traditions that make us yearn for the simple days of our youth. The same game that our fathers played, watched and loved is the same game being played today. The players may be different, the rules might have changed here and there, and the styles they play with might vary, but the essence of the game itself—the tradition—that part has not changed for over half a century.
The tradition continues on with the ninth All-Star Game being played this year on Tuesday, July 14, at Shibe Park, home of the Athletics, in Philadelphia, Penna.
The teams will be managed by the men who piloted their teams to World Series glory last year: John McGraw of the National League champion New York Giants, and Bucky Harris of the World’s Champion Washington Senators. It will be their task to lead their teams, whose starters and top three pitchers will be selected by YOU, the Knowing Fan, into battle with one another for your pleasure and for the glory and superiority of their loops.
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Voting will be open until 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on January 17, 2014. The managers will round out the rosters, the games will be played using OOTP 14, and the game account and box score will be posted on Seamheads.com.
— Chuck Hildebrandt